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Minecraft Gameband Review

Minecraft Gameband Review

If you're in the mood for Minecraft and you move from machine to machine on a regular basis, you may want to have a peek at the Gameband + Minecraft. This unit has actually been in "soft release" mode for a few weeks - it first surfaced a few months ago, in fact, but today it's on blast courtesy of the folks at Gameband and Microsoft. In addition to being sent to none other than Larry Hyrb last week, you'll be seeing this piece of equipment appearing in stores across the United States immediately if not soon.

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Moshi iLynx 3.0 review; a classy, fast-charging USB hub for all

Moshi iLynx 3.0 review; a classy, fast-charging USB hub for all

USB Type C is all the rage lately. The new Chromebook has it, and the MacBook relies on it entirely. You and I, though — we’re not there yet. While we’re still in USB land, hubs like the iLynx 3.0 from Moshi will remain as relevant as ever, but is it worth buying? We talk about future tech a lot, and that’s what (reversible) USB Type C is, but for right now (and really for the foreseeable future), USB is where it’s at.

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No, the new MacBook (and its single USB-C) isn’t for everyone

No, the new MacBook (and its single USB-C) isn’t for everyone

More controversial than the keyboard, more divisive than the battery life: the thing that's causing the greatest number of arguments about the new Retina MacBook is its paucity of ports. A single USB-C on the left side of the notebook isn't, as Vincent observed in our own review of the 2015 MacBook, a deal breaker, but not everyone is quite so ready to be convinced. It's a legitimate concern, even if in the grand history of tech it's not a new one.

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Apple Watch docking station busts crowdfunding goal on first day

Apple Watch docking station busts crowdfunding goal on first day

The Apple Watch & iPhone Docking Station - also known as "NuStand", has appeared on IndieGogo and has gone over its goal in less than a day. While the stand requires that you use your own charging pad from the box in which you get the Apple Watch and/or iPhone, the rest of the dock is ready to roll. While most of this campaign is centered on the charging power of the "MiTagg" portable charger, the aluminum shape and execution of the project is something that's clearly turned up desirable to a lot of people.

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SnapPower brings USB to any outlet without re-wiring

SnapPower brings USB to any outlet without re-wiring

Around the world, around town — even around your home, finding an outlet is tough enough. It’s especially annoying when you need to charge your mobile devices, because then you need to port around a clumsy charger with you. There are outlets that have USB ports, but require a rewiring job many are uncomfortable with doing. For the masses, there’s SnapPower, an outlet cover that adds a USB port, but requires no wiring. All you have to do is slip the faceplate on in place of your existing one, and you have a USB outlet!

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NomadKey for Pebble charges your smartwatch on the go

NomadKey for Pebble charges your smartwatch on the go

Nomad has introduced a new charger designed specifically for Pebble owners who always want to have their charger on hand, but without the hassle of carrying a full-size charging cable. It's called NomadKey for Pebble, it is smaller than your finger and equipped with a keychain hole for attaching it to a key ring. This gives owners the ability to carry it with them at all times, topping off their Pebble when the battery runs low while out and about. As of now, the charger is available from Nomad via its website.

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Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 PC-on-a-stick dongle

Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 PC-on-a-stick dongle

Yesterday at an event in South Korea, Microsoft discussed its Windows operating system and, among the talk, took the wraps off a new PC-on-a-stick dongle made by Lucoms that shrinks the desktop PC down to nearly USB flash drive size. The Lucoms PC stick measures in at 11cm in length and features a few different common ports needed for basic peripherals, as well as Intel hardware and a couple different configuration options. Some of the finer details about the PC stick weren't provided, but what we do know is detailed after the jump!

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USB Killer drive is a trap waiting to electrocute your laptop

USB Killer drive is a trap waiting to electrocute your laptop

Everyone is about to get a little bit more careful about what they stick inside their computer after reading this. Hopefully, you already know not to insert a random USB that you find on the ground into your laptop. Random USB drives could be used for phishing or viruses, and now they could be used as a bomb. Meet the USB Killer. It is designed to look like an innocuous flash drive, but inside it packs quite a punch. This little guy is designed to completely fry your laptop from the inside out.

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Belkin outs USB-C range for MacBook and Chromebook Pixel

Belkin outs USB-C range for MacBook and Chromebook Pixel

Belkin has waded into the USB-C arena, joining Apple and Google in announcing an array of cables, adapters, and dongles, many of which are designed to bring old peripherals up to MacBook speed. The eight-strong lineup won't start shipping until this summer, Belkin says, whereupon it will span a range of USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and ethernet options. What we're still yet to see, however, is any sort of more complex USB-C docking station that could take on the role of a desktop hub.

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These are Google’s USB-C accessories (and they’ll work with MacBook, too)

These are Google’s USB-C accessories (and they’ll work with MacBook, too)

Google has embraced USB-C on the new, 2015 Chromebook Pixel, revealing a handful of accessories for the new connectivity standard alongside the Chrome OS notebook. As well as the Pixel itself - which promises up to twelve hours of battery life, as well as a recharge good for two hours of use off just 15 minutes of being plugged in - there's also a variety of adapters and dongles to get legacy devices up and running. Best of all, since USB-C is an industry standard, rather than something cooked up by Apple or Google individually, it doesn't matter whose branding is on the packaging: the accessory will work with both the new Pixel and the new MacBook.

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